The scientific community agrees on a crucial fact: we must leave most remaining fossil fuels in the ground, or our children and future generations are screwed. Yet Obama is not proposing the action required for the essential change in energy policy direction.
In normal times on a different planet, the Obama administration's new energy path would pass for a sensible approach to maximizing national strength. As it happens, these are not normal times and we are not on the planet we once thought we knew.
You would think it would be logical to scrap the mega extraction projects if we are sincere about solving the climate crisis. It would indeed be, if we were living in a decent society. But instead, we're living in a dystopian one.
As a country, the key is to realize that the tank isn't unlimited. We have to make real decisions about the collective journey we've embarked upon together and the wisest roadmap to get us to our destination in as effective manner as possible.
Mr. President, we have clear evidence that tar sands development causes higher carbon pollution than conventional oil. And we have clear evidence that the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline will drive expansion of the tar sands. Keystone XL gets a failing grade on the presidential climate test.
To be clear, we are still barreling down the highway to a dangerously warming world. But in the wee hours of the final night's negotiations I asked delegates whether they found any reason to be optimistic about the future as a result of their time in Doha.